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Peter Levine PhD on Trauma: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness

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Join international trauma expert and author, Peter A. Levine, Ph.D. to learn how sensation-based (as opposed to emotional or rational) treatment is the key inroad into our trauma, and how to gradually uncouple fear from the natural immobility state. He will discuss the important principles in successful trauma healing, all told through his own successful renegotiation of a personal traumatic event.

Representing the full scope of his life’s work, Dr. Levine will discuss the evolutionary underpinnings of trauma. The day will include an in-depth review of how trauma is related to the ethnological concept of tonic immobility, as
well as the roadmap of the Polyvagal system – a fascinating neurophysiological model for understanding how we shift between the states of fight-or-flight, shutdown, and social engagement. Dr. Levine will also provide simple containment tools to help you develop your awareness of these state changes in order to more effectively engage your client in trauma therapy.


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Peter A. Levine, Ph.D., holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. The developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, which conducts trainings in this work throughout the world and in various indigenous cultures, with 26 faculty members and over five thousand students.

Dr. Levine was a stress consultant for NASA on the development of the space shuttle project and was a member of the Institute of World Affairs Task Force of Psychologists for Social Responsibility in developing responses to large-scale disasters and ethno-political warfare. Levine’s international best seller, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, has been translated into 22 languages. His recent interests include the prevention of trauma in children, and he has co-written two books, with Maggie Kline, in this area: Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids.

His most recent book: In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, was recently released to rave reviews. Levine’s original contribution to the field of Body-Psychotherapy was honored in 2010 when he received the Life Time Achievement award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP).


  1. Describe the four major development stages that increase our vulnerability to trauma, and how to recognise them in your clients.
  2. Explain the naturalistic mechanics of trauma and survival responses of flight, fight, freeze and collapse.
  3. Describe the evolutionary underpinnings of trauma and the Polyvagal theory.
  4. Define the importance of “Bottom-up” processing versus “Top Down” processing.
  5. Summarise the process of how overwhelming stress leads to somatic and emotional syndromes.
  6. Provide a detailed description as to how trauma therapy can be a conduit to a deeper spiritual understanding, and the social implications this feeling of connection can have on the world as a whole.





Programme Begins

11.00 -11.15



Lunch (Not Supplied)


Programme Resumes

15.30 - 15.45



Programme Ends

Target Audience

  • Psychotherapists 
  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Psychiatrists
  • IAPT Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • GPs
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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